Talking about learning with children is one of the highlights of any school day. Our conversations on the entrance gate this morning, were prompted by the amazingly creative response to a homework set by our Polish teachers which was inspired by a painting depicting the end of the summer. The task set involved children thinking about how to present their own ideas of Babie Lato through the medium of poetry, a 3D display, poster or any other representation of their choosing. As you will see from the photos, the children’s response to the task was incredible. A child with a cloak adorned with a spiders web and autumn leaves, another with a decorated jar and a spectacular 3-D model were just some of the designs I had the pleasure of seeing, all which featured the intricacies of spiders webs made in a variety of natural autumnal materials.
One of the challenges faced by schools is how to prepare students for an ever-changing world. Teaching children transferable skills and helping them to become more resilient, creative and confident are important ingredients for success. Furthermore, teaching children how to think rather than what to think will help them when trying to find solutions to problems they encounter both of a personal nature and when solving wider issues. The focus of this week’s news is the importance of encouraging and teaching thinking skills.
At TBS, we lead children on a learning journey from Early Years to the IBDP. Many studies have found that creativity at the age of 4 is incredibly high and, as educators we must ensure that we nurture this creativity through the development of thinking skills rather than allowing the creativity to decrease year on year. Ken Robinson’s TED talk, ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity?’ is one of the most viewed TED talks of all time and certainly provides food for thought.